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Thursday, 30.06.11
LEAK: Is the HTC Eternity HTC's first high-end Windows Phone 7.1 Mango Smartphone?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:48 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

German htcinside claims to have received information about an upcoming HTC smartphone which could possibly be HTC's first high-end Windows Phone 7.1 smartphone. According to the published information, the HTC Eternity (most likely a code-name only) will feature GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as UMTS/HSDPA (up to 14.4 Mbps)/HSUPA (up to 5.76 Mbps) as well as WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, a G-sensor, a digital compass and a gyroscope. However, it's real highlights seems to be the massive 4.7" WVGA Super-LCD touchscreen, the rear-facing 8 megapixel camera, a front facing 1.3 megapixel camera and that the HTC Eternity is said to be powered by a 1.5 GHz Qualcomm MSM 8255 CPU!

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Wednesday, 29.06.11
UPGRADE: Microsoft releases Windows Phone Mango Firmware-Update to registered Developers
Posted by Arne Hess - at 23:00 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following today's earlier tweet, Microsoft had indeed something good in the pipeline, as long as you are a registered Windows Phone developer. Starting today, developers can upgrade their Windows Phone 7 smartphones to Windows Phone 7.1 build 7661 - formerly known as Mango! Registered Windows Phone Marketplace developers will receive an invitation from Microsoft Connect that will provide access to a firmware update for retail Windows Phone device; yes there are no special developer devices involved anymore. To get the Windows Phone 7.1 Beta bits, you must have an active, validated App Hub account and you may update only one phone per developer.

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TEASED: Microsoft promises "juicy Windows Phone surprise" for tomorrow
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:46 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Seems it became pretty common now that company honchos are going to announce the good things via Twitter. Following yesterday's tweet by Andy Rubin, today Bill Cox, Sr. Director of Communications for Windows Phone, tweeted about the recent software releases which includes launches of Angry Birds, Kik and GoWalla. However, even more important is the last sentence of his tweet where Cox promises "a juicy surprise for tomorrow". It not yeat clear what it means, also the later tweets haven't given any further hints but it's rumored that it might be the release of the Mango Beta ROM (for developers only - for sure) or the availability of Mango developer devices.

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Thursday, 23.06.11
UNVEILED: Nokia CEO Stephan Elop previews first Microsoft Windows Phone on Video
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:35 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Look at that, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop himself has unveiled Nokia's very first Windows Phone smartphone during a shot demo at an internal company meeting earlier this week. While the device has not yet an official product name, Elop mentioned that it is codenamed "Sea Ray". The device, it's unclear yet if this will be indeed goes to commercial production or if it is just the development hardware for Microsoft's Windows Phone OS, looks pretty much like the recently announced Nokia N9 MeeGo smartphone. The demoed device features - according to Elop - "a beautiful design, a Gorilla Glass touchscreen, pillow shaped backing, and a (Nokia-typical) Carl Zeiss 8 megapixel camera".

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Monday, 20.06.11
HOMEBREWED: ChevronWP7 to be relaunched as ChevronWP7 Labs - Locks-out End-Users
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:03 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As announced Friday evening, ChevronWP7 will be back anytime soon but this time as ChevronWP7 Labs, which won't be free of charge any longer. While the original ChevronWP7 tool allowed Windows Phone 7 developers and end users to unlock their devices to side-load non Marketplace apps, ChevronWP7 Labs will do the same but won't come as a free solution. After the developers agreed with Microsoft to take down the original ChevronWP7 tool, both parties worked on a solution to bring back the service and the result seems to be ChevronWP7 Labs. However, it's now designed for developers which wish to write and test their apps before they might want to subscribe to Microsoft's App Hub.

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Friday, 17.06.11
UNVEILED: Nokia to launch Windows Phone Smartphones in Europe first
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:06 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

At the recent Telecom.paper Mobile NL 2011 conference, Victor Saeijs, Vice President of Nokia Europe, confirmed that the company plans to launch its upcoming Windows Phone Mango smartphones in Europe first. According to Saeijs, 6 European countries (France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, and the U.K.) will see Windows Phone-powered Nokia phones first while it's also interesting to note that Finland, home of the formerly world largest mobile phone maker, isn't on the list of launch countries. Furthermore, Saeijs affirmed that Nokia is still targeting a 2011 launch which will be - most likely - just one device with more to be announced at the 2012 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

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EXPANDED: Evernote releases Evernote for Windows Phone 7
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:18 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Yesterday evening, Evernote has announced the launch of Evernote for Windows Phone 7. Unlike Microsoft's OneNote, which is available for selected platforms only, is Evernote a cross-platform note-taking application which makes it easy to remember things big and small from your notable life using your computer, phone and the web by capturing everything. It allows to type a text note, clip a web page, snap a photo and grabbing a screenshot. Evernote for Windows Phone 7 lets users save and find ideas and memories any time, anywhere. As typical for Evernote, it seamlessly syncs with every other version but there's so much more. According to Evernote, the Windows Phone 7 version is the most feature-rich debut they ever had.

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Wednesday, 15.06.11
CLOUD: Microsoft releases Windows Home Server Release Candidate add-on for Windows Phone 7
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:55 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Earlier this week, Microsoft announced the Release Candidate of the so called "Windows Server Solutions Phone Connector for Windows Home Server 2011" (aka Integrating Windows Phone 7 with your WHS 2011 Server) or even easier - its Windows Home Server add-on for Windows Phone 7 - which Microsoft showcased back in January. The purpose of this add-in is to enable remote server management tasks and relay media streams for WHS 2011. At the end of the day, it's you personal cloud on your own home system. Beside of many server relevant tasks like alerts and basic user management configurations, it provides convenient access to view and stream photos, music and videos.

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Thursday, 09.06.11
DISCONTINUED: Microsoft to (partly) pull the plugs from Windows Marketplace Mobile and My Phone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:29 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Back in October 2009, when Microsoft announced and launched Windows Phone 6.5, the company also introduced Windows Marketplace for Mobile and My Phone, two exclusive new services for Microsoft's last Windows Mobile range of smartphones. However, since Microsoft launched Windows Phone 7 last year, it was clear that sooner or later they they was coming where Microsoft is to kill the services. And indeed, yesterday Microsoft sent out notifications to its customers where they where informed that Microsoft will be discontinuing the My Phone service for Windows Mobile 6.x and will also discontinuing the Windows Marketplace for Mobile web site.

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